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by ShineRunnah
Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: buying a barrel?, My adventure and advice
Replies: 35
Views: 7848

Re: buying a barrel?, My adventure and advice

A friend of mine purchased a barrel from 1000oaksbarrel.com, and for what he paid for it, I'm pretty impressed with it, especially for the price. He purchased a 3-liter with brass bands and a little wooden stand for something like $75. It had some weight to it too, and seemed pretty well made. He ha...
by ShineRunnah
Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: More wood experimentation
Replies: 4
Views: 613

Re: More wood experimentation

It started with my cousin questioning how the naturally occurring sugars in the wood reacted after the wood has been charred and/or toasted, namely those in hard maple (aka: sugar maple), as we were working with hard maple at the time. So that brought up the question of "what would happen if we adde...
by ShineRunnah
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: More wood experimentation
Replies: 4
Views: 613

More wood experimentation

Decided to do a bit more experimentation with wood for aging. I looked around, and didn't see anything like what I had thought up, so I decided to run with it and see what happened. My idea was to do more to impart different flavors into the wood. Namely more caramel type flavors. My cousin and I we...
by ShineRunnah
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Mashing mix up, see what comes out in the end!
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Mashing mix up, see what comes out in the end!

After basically forgetting about this bucket for a while, I finally got to running it yesterday. It sat in my very cold shop after it finished fermenting for well over a month, and surprisingly, it was still good. Well, this turned out to be the best tasting mix-up I've ever had! This stuff is GOOD!...
by ShineRunnah
Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: oak wine bottles for ageing
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: oak wine bottles for ageing

The bottles at Oakbottles.com start at $60 for a 355ml bottle, and $80 for a 750ml bottle. That price is outrageous if you ask me, especially for something so small. And as with any bottle, barrel or other "oaking/aging device", it's only going to be good for 3 or so fills before the oak is spent. A...
by ShineRunnah
Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: New Shotgun for DAD Still
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: New Shotgun for DAD Still

Went ahead and built it with four 1/2" tubes as that was what I had on hand. I should have the rest of my parts to finish up in a week or two. Can't wait! I'm pretty sure four 1/2" tubes in a 19" shotgun will do quite well on a CCVM. The CCVM's are an awesome design. I need to get pics of mine up s...
by ShineRunnah
Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: New Shotgun for DAD Still
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: New Shotgun for DAD Still

I have my new column plumbed so water goes through the liebig and then into the reflux coil (3/8" corrugated SS gas line) and it seemed to work fine in the initial cleaning run. Haven't ran it since, but the sac run went very well.

What did you end up running in the shotgun?
by ShineRunnah
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: First Motorized Vehicle You Owned?
Replies: 159
Views: 6658

Re: First Motorized Vehicle You Owned?

My first car was a dark purple 1986 Trans-Am GTA, stick-shift 5-spd, built 355ci small block w/425whp/415tq and a NOS Big Shot plate nitrous system running a 250hp shot. (actual wheel hp on the bottle was 660/685tq) Ran a Gale Banks Tr-Y header system to 3" single exhaust, so loud you could hear it...
by ShineRunnah
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Experiment to speed aging
Replies: 23
Views: 1182

Re: Experiment to speed aging

S-C, small wood lathe if you have access to one, how I make mine and it works well. Otherwise, hole-saw and router would work. You could even pattern rout them from scratch. I've been a woodworker for a long time, lots of ways to make wooden lids. As for whats going on in the barrel, I don't think e...
by ShineRunnah
Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Experiment to speed aging
Replies: 23
Views: 1182

Re: Experiment to speed aging

Thanks for all the replies! Thecroweater, my jars have oak lids, and thus they are able to breathe in nearly the same way a barrel would. In my experience, jars with oak lids produce a much smoother whisky than do jars with normal lids, even if you open the normal jars every few days. I had thought ...
by ShineRunnah
Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 15 gal keg still w/ 5 gal thumper pics
Replies: 31
Views: 5083

Re: 15 gal keg still w/ 5 gal thumper pics

Lots of ways to go about it. yup, now that I have an idea about how much water it uses I will play and learn. I also have a dual pass aluminium radiator out of the race car that I could use for cooling, never know what might get fabricated :mrgreen: That radiator would probably do pretty well with ...
by ShineRunnah
Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 15 gal keg still w/ 5 gal thumper pics
Replies: 31
Views: 5083

Re: 15 gal keg still w/ 5 gal thumper pics

Liebig it is, thanks for the info. :thumbup: I figure dump the hot water into an ice filled pail, transfer to holding tank when cooled and pump it through the liebig again, should work just fine :D Now my biggest problem remains where can I hide this shine so it can have time to age some. :econfuse...
by ShineRunnah
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Experiment to speed aging
Replies: 23
Views: 1182

Experiment to speed aging

As I understand it, part of the aging process comes from the temperature and barometric pressure changes that aging warehouses experience, both from the temp swings between day and night, as well as seasonal changes. That said, I have decided to try to speed up time, so to speak. I have a cabinet th...
by ShineRunnah
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper on copper seal
Replies: 20
Views: 1815

Re: Copper on copper seal

@corene1. Nice work and hasps. Gives me ideas. Thanks. You are worrying too much about aesthetics and not enough about the important stuff.. I would respectfully refute that. What important stuff do you think I'm not paying attention to? And no offense intended, how would you know? Simple. Longevit...
by ShineRunnah
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper on copper seal
Replies: 20
Views: 1815

Re: Copper on copper seal

You are worrying too much about aesthetics and not enough about the important stuff.. I would respectfully refute that. What important stuff do you think I'm not paying attention to? And no offense intended, how would you know?[/quote] I should have worded that differently, and I apologize if I hav...
by ShineRunnah
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:23 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper on copper seal
Replies: 20
Views: 1815

Re: Copper on copper seal

I personally feel you are making something that can be very simple, into something very complicated while adding in the potential for problems one otherwise wouldn't encounter. If you want to join large diameter openings, buy Tri-Clamp flanges. They are available up to at least 12" in size, and prob...
by ShineRunnah
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Cooling system brainstorming
Replies: 27
Views: 1923

Re: Cooling system brainstorming

I have been playing with a closed loop cooling system lately, as my usual system isn't viable during winter months (250-gallon water tank behind my shop). I went to a junk yard and scavenged 2 A/C condenser units (we will call them radiators for clarity purposes) out of junk cars that use 3/8" alumi...
by ShineRunnah
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Which Grain Mill? Upgrading to roller mill
Replies: 17
Views: 4043

Re: Which Grain Mill? Upgrading to roller mill

After deciding on the Crankandstein 2D, I spoke with my father this morning. He is a machinist and we have been working on/talking about building a grain mill for a while now, he's just slow to get motivated. Finally, after 5 months of hounding him, we are going to go to the machine shop this weeken...
by ShineRunnah
Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Which Grain Mill? Upgrading to roller mill
Replies: 17
Views: 4043

Re: Which Grain Mill? Upgrading to roller mill

Thanks, much appreciated. I know about the 3-roller and corn, but I've got my Corona that grinds corn like no tomorrow. And it has a huge hopper that holds 35lbs of corn, so it works pretty well for that. I wish I could get a side-by-side comparison of the Captain Crush and the Crankandstein 2D and ...
by ShineRunnah
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Which Grain Mill? Upgrading to roller mill
Replies: 17
Views: 4043

Which Grain Mill? Upgrading to roller mill

I've decided it's time to upgrade from my Corona type mill to something a bit nicer. This is something I want to buy once and never have to worry about replacing. However, I'm still working with a budget and would like to keep cost under $300, though I can push that a bit if needed. Mills considered...
by ShineRunnah
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: First Motorized Vehicle You Owned?
Replies: 159
Views: 6658

Re: First Motorized Vehicle You Owned?

Dart block based 363ci stroker with twin turbo set-up, which should be good for 1000+hp at the wheels. At 2850lbs, it should go pretty good with 1000+hp under the hood. umm...ya... that'll get the job done. watched one of those stroked dart t/t's go down the track sub 10...touted at 1600hp. yee haw...
by ShineRunnah
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Small build starter
Replies: 17
Views: 1525

Re: Small build starter

I don't think you guys realize exactly what I'm implying. The column height scales somewhat to the overall size of the still. It doesn't need to be 16' tall to have an effect. My tests were with columns 6", 16", 24", 32" and finally 40", and using a charge from a single wash for each test. From 6" t...
by ShineRunnah
Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cheap source for oak spirals
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Re: cheap source for oak spirals

find a local wood supplier,call and ask if they have any American White Oak boards for sale. They stuff isn't overly expensive, I think I just paid like $6 or$8 per board foot for 1" thick quarter sawn furniture grade stuff (a board foot is equivalent to 12" x 12" x 1" thick). If you cant find it lo...
by ShineRunnah
Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Small build starter
Replies: 17
Views: 1525

Re: Small build starter

A little bit of info on column height, as it does have a bit of an effect on the flavor of your product. If you research the stills used by Scotch whisky distillers, you will see they design their stills and lyne arms with certain features and dimensions to help them achieve the quality, character a...
by ShineRunnah
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: First Motorized Vehicle You Owned?
Replies: 159
Views: 6658

Re: First Motorized Vehicle You Owned?

My first car was a dark purple 1986 Trans-Am GTA, stick-shift 5-spd, built 355ci small block w/425whp/415tq and a NOS Big Shot plate nitrous system running a 250hp shot. (actual wheel hp on the bottle was 660/685tq) Ran a Gale Banks Tr-Y header system to 3" single exhaust, so loud you could hear it ...
by ShineRunnah
Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Where can I find peated whisky malt?
Replies: 28
Views: 4467

Re: Where can I find peated whisky malt?

This is what I have used. I am not sure of the availability in Holland, so you may need to research it. http://caledoniasbest.com/shop-all/scottish-burning-peat/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow I wouldn't recommend paying those prices except as a last resort. If you wa...
by ShineRunnah
Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Where can I find peated whisky malt?
Replies: 28
Views: 4467

Re: Where can I find peated whisky malt?

Odin, I have sprouted, smoked and dried my own barley a few times now, and it's not all that difficult. I bought Scottish Peat to use for smoking, and it seemed to work well. I would like to find a source that sells different grades (there are different layers in the peat bed, all of which produce d...
by ShineRunnah
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New Guy keg column question....
Replies: 47
Views: 1915

Re: New Guy keg column question....

Glad to be of assistance! I've found it helpful to research into the whiskies I like, grain bills, fermentation techniques, stilling methods, how they are matured, etc. While I don't always try to duplicate the results, I use them as a guide to help me get to where I want to be. It's really helped m...
by ShineRunnah
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New Guy keg column question....
Replies: 47
Views: 1915

Re: New Guy keg column question....

This link doesn't go into much depth on the impact of shape, but it explains some other things and shows a bit on which distilleries use certain features. http://whiskyscience.blogspot.com/2011/03/pot-still-distillation.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow This link has...
by ShineRunnah
Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:09 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New Guy keg column question....
Replies: 47
Views: 1915

Re: New Guy keg column question....

ShineRunnah, that's an interesting link. Love looking at those huge copper pots. Glad you liked the link. I love the way Scotch whisky stills look. Just beautiful to me. Going to Scotland and touring a few distilleries is definitely on the bucket-list! Seeing how much work goes into them, and how t...